Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences


Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships

The Wolfson Foundation is offering six postgraduate research awards in the humanities for 2024/25. These will be for three areas in history, literature and languages.

For the 2024/25 academic year, there will be 6 awards offered in total (3 for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and 3 for the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences).

The intention is that Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field. Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded solely on academic merit. Ideally, the successful students would aspire to an academic career.


The Wolfson Scholarships are open to both UK and Overseas applicants.

Departments in the Faculties of Arts and Humanities and Social and Historical Sciences are able to nominate students for the Wolfson Scholarships.

Wolfson Scholarships will be available in three disciplines that align closely with the Foundation's interests: history, literature and languages.

The awards are available for doctoral research only, and will be paid over three years (or up to six years part time). For full-time students, it is expected that students complete their doctorate in three years.

Students should have an outstanding academic record, usually a first class honours degree at undergraduate level and a Master's degree from a recognised university in a field of study relevant to their proposed doctoral research.

Awards are for students beginning their doctoral study at the start of the academic year 2024/25.

Level of award

Each student starting in 2024/25 will receive a total of £105,000, which equates to £35,000 per annum.

The funding available covers a stipend, fees and a research allowance.

Definition of subject disciplines

The three disciplines that the programme covers may be broadly defined. The Foundation recognises that many research subjects will encompass inter- and multi- disciplinary studies, and that students receiving these scholarships may be based in other departments (for example, music or anthropology).

  1. History - As well as broad-based historical and historiographical studies, this may include such areas as classics, history of art, visual culture, or architectural history, provided the research is grounded within historical methodology.
  2. Literature - As well as literary and textual studies, this may include research that involves critical theory, theatre, film and other visual media, provided there is a literary element within the research (e.g. translation of literature to screen). It excludes creative writing.
  3. Languages - Research should be in applied languages other than English. It may involve the study of literary or historical texts, theatre, film or other visual media, translation, or the philosophy of language, provided that the research is focused primarily on a language other than English. It excludes linguistics. While research can be working with any language, it is expected that the student’s final thesis is written in English.

How to apply

Candidates do not apply directly for the Wolfson Scholarships, but must be nominated by their department. Candidates should check their own department's application procedure (details can be found on the department's website) and inform their Departmental Graduate Tutor that they would like to be considered for the Wolfson Scholarship.

Once departmental selection processes have concluded, Departmental Graduate Tutors should send nominations (normally no more than three for any one subject discipline and up to a maximum of six per department/unit) to the Joint Faculties' Office (ah-shs-faculty@ucl.ac.uk).

Nominations should include the following:

  • an indication of the subject discipline most relevant
  • the full UCL PhD application form, excluding written samples and including:
    • academic transcripts
    • CV (if available)
    • academic references in support of the application
    • personal statement
  • an expanded outline of the research project of no more than 2 pages, which does not need to contain references or a bibliography
  • a letter from the proposed supervisor confirming that they are willing to supervise the specific project outlined.


The deadline for departmental nominations to be submitted to the Joint Faculties' Office (ah-shs-faculty@ucl.ac.uk) is Friday 26 January 2024. (Please note that departmental deadlines will be earlier than this - it is important to check departmental websites for details of local processes.)